Thursday, December 3, 2009

From Democracy Now

Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War:
"We're Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire"

A good read. Kucinich knows history well and so he knows the future in Afghanistan.

'Winning' the war in Afghanistan, which we can't do, would never stop the Taliban or Al-Qada. They would simply fade away into the Pashtun tribal areas that merge with Pakistan. Remember, the Pashtun's don't believe in borders. And Pakistan is days or months away from being a failed state. The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has been targeted for assassination and then who knows what will happen in this, the most dangerous of nations. Pakistan has nuclear weaponry and the Taliban wants them. At the same time, the average Pakistani is liable to be illiterate and he hates the USA. Where do you suppose he will place his support when the crisis comes?

Al-Qada? They are everywhere and nowhere. They don't need a base of operations for the evil they do. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Europe, not Afghanistan. The perpetrators were Saudi's, not Afghans or Pakistani's. Killing thousands of Afghans, Taliban or not, will do nothing to Al-Qada.

Somehow or another the focus of war needs to change...we need to educate and invest in countries, not kill. There is nothing more dangerous than a population filled with young men, 16 to 28, who have no jobs and no prospect of getting one. That's a fact. Toss in the curse of illiteracy and you have a disaster Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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